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Connection – Harrogate Theatre Studio

Writer: Rachael Halliwell Director: Nathan Marsh Set and Costume: Caitlin Mawhinney Lighting: Charlotte Robinson Reviewer: Ron Simpson Connection is described in the pre-publicity as “a Yorkshire Thelma and Louise”. This seems overstated to a degree. In place of heading off for Mexico on the run from the law over a shooting, Elaine and Catherine have some 20 minutes of stage ...

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Still Alice – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer: Christine Mary Dunford (adapted from the book by Lisa Genova) Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Joan Phillips Dementia can seem one of nature’s cruelest conditions. Young on-set Alzheimer’s is even more vicious. Lisa Genova’s book Still Alice, published in 2007, was first adapted for the stage by Christine Mary Dunford before it was then made into an academy award winning ...

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Still Alice – King’s Theatre, Edinburgh

Adaptation: Christine Mary Dunford from the book by Lisa Genova Director: David Grindley Reviewer: Dominic Corr Faithfully capturing Lisa Genova’s novel, Christine Mary Dunford’s adaptation of Still Alice continues to show the comprehensive empathy surrounding early on-set Alzheimer’s. A serial narrative, flowing through the discoveries of diagnosis, to the eventual succumbing to fractured memories. Strung together with a dual-performance from ...

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NEWS: Life Changes Trust pledges renewed funding to dementia friendly communities in Edinburgh theatres

The Life Changes Trust has renewed its funding to support dementia friendly communities at the Festival and King’s Theatres in Edinburgh. Capital Theatres, which runs the prestigious Edinburgh theatres, was initially awarded £320,000 in 2015 to help create dementia friendly venues so that people with dementia and those who care for them can continue to enjoy participating in the arts. ...

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The Father – Harrogate Theatre

Writer: Florian Zeller Translator: Christopher Hampton Director: Kevin Shaw Designer: Patrick Connellan Reviewer: Ron Simpson Florian Zeller’s play has had remarkable international success. First produced in Paris in 2012, it gained him the Prix Moliere and since then in Christopher Hampton’s translation has won or been nominated for all the major awards in the UK and the USA, both for ...

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Spillikin – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writer and Director:  Jon Welch Reviewer: Joan Phillips Spillikin catches perfectly the cultural and scientific zeitgeist on two fronts. Firstly, how we help the increasing numbers of people affected by dementia in our community. Secondly, what role Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology can take in supporting these efforts. Writer/director Jon Welch manages to balance both themes throughout this thoughtful and ...

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Before I Leave – Sherman Theatre, Cardiff

Writer:Patrick Jones Director: Matthew Dunster Reviewer: Jacqui Onions National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre take on the difficult subject of dementia in their new play Before I Leave – and they do it with empathy, humour and love. This topic is huge and Patrick Jones’ script tackles it from as many angles as possible without ever feeling like there ...

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The Father – Richmond Theatre, London

Kenneth Cranham and Amanda Drew

Writer: Florian Zeller Translation: Christopher Hampton Director: James Macdonald Reviewer: Deborah Klayman   André is eighty years old, has two daughters, and lives in his own flat in Paris. Or does he? An intelligent, elegant and deeply moving play about the reality of living with dementia, Florian Zeller’s The Father allows the audience to stand on the same shifting sands ...

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